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Data Scientist – Lead Specialist

Reporting to: Lead Data Scientist - Business Lead
Team: Strategy and Risk
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: Between £52,831 and £70,130 per annum dependent on skills and experience, with access to performance related pay, bonus and civil service pension scheme
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Tuesday 26 October 2021

Job ref: 103169

TPR grade: TDD 7 – Lead Specialist

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK. We work with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement.

We have a fantastic office located in the heart of Brighton that is a short distance from the train station, shops and the sea.

We put our 700+ employees first by supporting flexible working and offering a diverse, lively and inclusive environment. This includes LGBT+ Network (PROUD), Women’s Network, BAME Network (ME) and a Disability Network, which offer supportive spaces to connect with like-minded individuals.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work. We do all we can to support our people reach their full potential with training, secondment and development opportunities.

We are still working remotely and are transitioning to a hybrid working model by April 2022, subject to government guidelines. Please note our contractual working location is Brighton.


We’re looking for a data scientist to help us put the saver at the heart of all that we do.

As a regulator, we have plenty of data – a pool which contains scheme information, metrics from the outside world, and our own internal sources.

What we’re looking for is someone who can turn that data into a compelling picture which helps guide our business decisions. You’ll need to be a lateral thinker – using complex maths and predictive models to create compelling visualisations. But more than that – you’ll need to be able to tell succinct stories with the images you’re creating, bringing insights to the fore which enable a data-driven business response.

No two days will be the same and occasionally the approach you take won’t be a binary option. But if the past is anything to go by, you’ll play a vital part in building bespoke data tools which will be used to help savers for many months and years to come.


You will:

  • develop analyses and products that help TPR understand its business and its regulated community – including clear and compelling data visualisations
  • draw insights from data and present them with strong plain-English narratives and explanations for decision-makers
  • solve complex problems using both internal and external datasets
  • build predictive models that help TPR achieve its strategic goals
  • mentor and develop more junior members of the team.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Practical, applied and highly authoritative knowledge of specialized methods and processes, requiring considerable academic development in mathematics and statistics.
  • Experience of instructing and supervising junior Data Specialists performing related activities that are precise in content and objective, providing analytical quality assurance.
  • Competent in the use of open source programming languages, R and Python, as well as familiar with other languages on the estate.
  • Experience of communicating complex technical solutions in terms that non-technical stakeholders will understand, building trust in solutions that use novel or exploratory techniques.
  • Experience of developing and deploying machine learning models to automate processes and create efficiencies with the business or to generate the data we want from the data we have.


  • Ability to use third party APIs and advanced visualisations to democratise the data we hold, making it available and useful over and above the limitations of current systems.
  • Experience of rapid assimilation and understanding of key business processes (both existing and developing), in order to identify opportunity for improvement.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.

Salary and benefits

As well as a salary between £52,831 and £70,130, we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location in Brighton

How to apply

Please send your CV to along with a covering letter, quoting ref 103169 with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria and details of your notice period.

We are an inclusive employer and offer equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please be aware we are currently holding interviews through Microsoft Teams due to COVID-19.

If you have any queries about this role, or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email